Addiction is a topic of concern around our country; it is estimated that over 30 million Americans struggle with various addictions including drug, alcohol, gambling and sex addiction. Joining a recovery group can be one of the most important and effective ways individuals, couples and family members can begin to address and heal from the negative affects of addiction.
One of the major benefits of joining a recovery group is to combat isolation that is often associated with addiction; many impacted by addiction do no feel comfortable talking with others about it’s debilitating affects and instead suffer in silence. This is especially true for anyone impacted by sexual addiction. Sexual addiction is a sensitive topic and conversation with friends and family about it can often be filled with negative stigma, judgment or misunderstanding, leaving the addict and partner feeling even more alone. Joining with others who can understand some of the complex emotions and relationship dynamics that are part of this addiction can decrease feelings of isolation as people begin to open up to one another and develop a community of support that encourages recovery efforts.
Recovery groups help members learn more about the addiction and recovery process in a safe setting. Members have the opportunity to learn both from the information presented in the group and also through shared stories and experiences of group members. Members become comfortable sharing with openness and honesty around a topic that might have felt taboo in other settings.
Joining a recovery group helps anyone impacted by addiction to know they are not alone; there is a place for them where they can feel safe to open up and begin to heal.
The Sexual Recovery Program at CPCC offers Lifestar recovery groups to individuals and partners recovering from sexual addiction. If you or someone close to you is struggling with sexual addiction, we encourage you to reach out to one of our clinicians who can give you more information about next step of joining a recovery group.